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Our Auckland | January 17, 2019
A little dotterel chick which has been at the centre of local attention and conservation efforts on Waiheke has taken flight. Popular dog-walking spot Surfdale Beach was temporarily closed over the breeding season to protect the nesting site of endangered...
Our Auckland | January 17, 2019
Upgrade work to protect kauri on the Kitekite track in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park is complete, and the track will re-open on Boxing Day, 26 December. “We are delighted to be able to open this popular track in time for the summer period," says...
Our Auckland | January 17, 2019
Two unusual guests dropped by Tupu Youth Library on Thursday. The Project hosts Jesse Mulligan and Kanoa Lloyd took time from their busy schedules to hang out with the kids for an afternoon. The pair spoke at Tupu’s 'Living Legends' sessions which bring...
Our Auckland | January 17, 2019
In May 2018, Auckland Council closed the forested areas of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park to increase protection of the forest from kauri dieback disease. Several tracks were marked as priorities for upgrade during 2018/19. Staff have been working...
Our Auckland | January 16, 2019
Increased carparking and improved transport facilities could be on the cards for an iconic section of Waiheke Island as the first steps of a detailed plan are undertaken. A project team including Waiheke Local Board, council officers, Direction Mātiatia...
Our Auckland | January 16, 2019
In November, the New Zealand Kung-Fu Wushu Federation delivered their national championships at the Auckland Netball Centre in St Johns following a Quick Response Grant given by Ōrākei Local Board. The championships are described by the Federation as the...
Our Auckland | January 16, 2019
Summer is well and truly here and what better way to embrace these warmer days than by visiting a park. With more than 4000 parks across the region, including 27 regional parks and the local park down the road, we are spoilt for choice. From walking,...
Our Auckland | January 16, 2019
In response to neighbouring residents’ concerns about the stability of large trees along the western side of Western Springs Lakeside Park, Auckland Council arborists inspected the trees' health and identified thirteen for immediate removal. “Many of the...
Our Auckland | January 16, 2019
The chances of being caught running a red light double from today as all of Auckland's 12 red light safety cameras are enforcing following a new agreement between Auckland Transport and New Zealand Police. The new agreement ensures all 12 of Auckland's...
Our Auckland | January 16, 2019
Auckland Anniversary Day is just around the corner. Remember that all kerbside collections will be one day later. See the table below for your collection dates over this period: If your usual collection day is: Your collections will be...
Our Auckland | January 15, 2019
Legal administration of Maungauika / North Head transfers to the Tūpuna Maunga Authority from the Department of Conservation (DoC) on Friday, 18 January 2019. The transfer is welcomed by the Authority as a completion of the Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki...
Our Auckland | January 15, 2019
Are you feeling like the summer holidays have taken a bit of a toll, both on your wallet and your waistline? The summer edition of Easy Choice – Family Kai meal planner by Love Food Hate Waste is here to help you get back on track. The meal planner...
Our Auckland | January 15, 2019
Travel doesn’t have to mean stress, last minute lost passports and gridlock – it doesn’t even have to mean leaving the house. Try the latest trend in travel and tour new locations and activities nearby. The best part of it? By planning a local holiday...
Our Auckland | January 15, 2019
Get the little ones excited these holidays with not one, not two, but three free Kids Music in Parks events. This music festival just for kids first hit the park last year and, thanks to the enthusiastic response, it’s returning with another colourful...
Our Auckland | January 15, 2019
A biosecurity inspection team has been assembled including staff from Auckland Council and the Department of Conservation after a rat was reported on Rākino Island. Four rodent detector dogs and their handlers visited the site on January 11 and...
Our Auckland | January 14, 2019
Bookings are now open for Auckland Council’s 2019 inorganic service. It’s easy to book your inorganic collection with Auckland Council’s booking tool. Donate first, then keep the rest for your inorganic collection Inorganic collection is just one of many...
Our Auckland | January 14, 2019
It’s going to be much safer to walk and cycle to school in Henderson North thanks to a $1.1 million fund from Henderson-Massey Local Board. The funding will establish west Auckland’s first Home and School Zone. This means traffic calming measures such as...
Our Auckland | January 14, 2019
如果这个周末您想去森林徒步,有许多可选择的地方。 奥克兰西区有本地区一些最佳的森林徒步路径,但为了保护贝壳杉的存活,怀塔克雷山脉(Waitākere Ranges)的森林区域以及胡努阿山脉(Hunua Ranges)中一些处于高风险的步道被关...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Auckland Council is taking positive action again this summer to keep Auckland's Waitematā Harbour beautiful by providing waste barges out in the Hauraki Gulf to help boaties dispose of their waste. With the influx of people to the Hauraki Gulf islands...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Most Aucklanders are good recyclers, but it's easy to get confused about how to 'recycle right'. Just because a something has a recycling symbol on it, doesn’t always mean it can be recycled.  Play the Recycle Right game to test your knowledge and see...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
A potential sighting of a stoat on Aotea/Great Barrier Island has set off alarm bells and sparked an immediate incursion response. Auckland Council and the Department of Conservation have rallied their teams to hunt down what could be a devastating...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Auckland Council and Auckland Transport have extended the licence for Lime, the e-scooter ride-sharing company, to continue operating. Lime’s licence is part of an e-scooter ride-sharing trial in Auckland. A review of the trial will determine whether...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Here are ten of the best playground adventures you can find across the region! 1. Tūī Glen Reserve 2 Claude Brookes Drive, Henderson Bring your bikes and cruise down the Twin Streams cycleway for this towering pyramid complete with pipe slides, a...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Albert-Eden Local Board is continuing to protect and enhance its local environment with a range of projects throughout 2019. This year, the local board is funding several new initiatives including a programme focused on informing businesses in the...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
If you want to go bush this weekend, there are heaps of places you can go. West Auckland is home to some of the best bush experiences in the region but while the forested areas in the Waitākere Ranges and some higher-risk tracks in the Hunua Ranges are...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Auckland – it’s hard to imagine a more geographically diverse region. Whether it’s rugged black-sand surf beaches, dense native forest, rolling green pastures or urban city centres, there’s something different to see and do. Auckland Council’s Head of...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Auckland Council is considering extending the licence for e-scooter rideshare company Lime to allow for a longer trial period and completion of a council-led review. The decision to extend the existing licence sits with the council’s Licensing and...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
The Epsom Chinese Association will begin holding Tai Chi classes on Wednesdays from March 2019 at the Epsom Community Centre on Gillies Avenue. It's hoped that the new classes will make it easier for people to access the activity as well as more...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Albert-Eden Local Board is urging people to pause, look and check if it’s safe before crossing or driving through railway crossings. Over the past few months, several measures by Auckland Transport, Auckland Council and the local board have helped...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Connected neighbours make resilient communities and deter crime. Neighbours Day is also the perfect opportunity for neighbours to become friends. Albert-Eden Local Board has allocated a small amount of funding to support communities to take part in...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Spend an afternoon in Puketāpapa this summer exploring the Waikowhai Coastal Walkway, which runs from Onehunga to Green Bay along the Manukau Harbour foreshore. The walkway follows the northern shore of the Manukau Harbour from the Onehunga Foreshore to...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
After the 12 days of Christmas are over, and it’s time to take down the tree and pack away the Christmas decorations, Kiwis face the perennial issue of what to do with their Christmas tree. Auckland Council is encouraging Aucklanders to...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Over summer, Auckland’s beautiful parks, beaches and Hauraki Gulf islands are flooded with day-trippers, campers, and holidaymakers. To make sure these ‘jewels in Auckland’s crown’ continue to sparkle in the summer sun, Auckland Council is encouraging...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
The Hauraki Gulf is the summer playground of choice for many Aucklanders summer - where they picnic, play, explore, relax and enjoy.  Many Gulf islands are pest free or partially pest free, and are now home to kiwi and tuatara, takahe and tieke. These...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
As always, when summer arrives so does Music in Parks. The series is the perfect way to spend your summer - listening to kiwi artists in Auckland's sunny parks and reserves. Check out the first look at the series below!  Whatever you’re a fan of...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
With summer arriving, you and your four-legged friend want to get out and feel the sand under your paws. To make it easier, we’ve put together a list of top beaches and reserves all over the city with off-lead areas during the day.   North: St Leonards...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Making a place the hub of a community is one thing, being the hub of the hub is another.Locals call the Whangaparāoa Community Hub the place where everything happens, and ensuring it does falls on the ‘community activator’ Sara Mason.Supported by the...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
A public artwork installed to celebrate women’s suffrage is doing what good art should – provoking a response. Crafted by Auckland artist Erin Forsyth, Kid Justice has been installed in Howick’s Crawford Reserve on a temporary basis. Howick Local Board...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Showcasing the stories of Kaipātiki’s rich Māori history is the focus of a project to see more te reo Māori being spoken, heard, seen and learnt across Auckland. Kaipātiki Local Board is among 11 local boards participating in a regionwide naming project...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Summer storms can be a nuisance during the holidays but thinking ahead will help lessen the impacts of nasty weather. Auckland Emergency Management Acting Director Sarah Sinclair says the region may be in for some wet weather during the festive break, so...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Christmas came early for 11 young adults awarded Papakura Local Board Pathways and Excellence grants. Most of the grants were for $2000 to help the recipient with university studies including architecture, engineering, business studies and marketing, but...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Five board interns to the boards of Auckland’s Council-Controlled Organisations have been appointed by the Appointments, Performance Review and Value for Money Committee. The Auckland Council board intern programme supports aspiring directors to develop...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Auckland Council’s Appointments, Performance Review and Value for Money Committee has appointed three new board directors to the boards of Auckland Transport and Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) at its December meeting. Following a rigorous selection...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
With Christmas and the New Year approaching, many of us are thinking of travelling abroad or heading home to see family and friends. Regardless of whether you spend the holidays at home or elsewhere this year, it’s important to remember our furry,...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
If it feels like the sun is out in full force and you want to keep excessive sweat at bay, here are a few places where you can beat the heat this summer. Splash pads Splash pads are the place to be on a hot day. They provide hours of fun and safe water...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Checking a few books out of the library is taking on a whole new meaning for Jolene Misilei. Later this year she’ll be responsible for taking tens of thousands of them out of the Botany Public Library, not to mention a few furnishings, more than a few...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki welcomes a new director in April with the appointment of returning New Zealander Gregory Burke. Burke is most recently the chief executive of the Remai Modern gallery in Saskatoon, Canada. His career will come full...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Illegal dumping is an issue for every Auckland community and the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki area is no exception. Auckland Council has invested heavily in public awareness and prevention campaigns, but there are still many ‘hot spots’ for illegal waste dumping....
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Stuck for reading inspiration? Check out our monthly list of top picks from Auckland Libraries’ collections, hand-selected by our own librarians. For December, entertain the kids with our top 10 children’s books, curated by our librarians from Auckland...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Auckland’s ambitious targets and leadership on tackling climate change have earned C40 Innovator City status from the global C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. The C40 Innovator City status acknowledges Auckland’s innovation and initiatives to lower...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Wondering how to entertain the kids this summer? Auckland Libraries summer reading adventure Kia Māia te Whai Dare to Explore has officially launched. Running until 21st January, the programme is an easy and fun way for your 5-12-year old's to beat...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
With the summer holidays arriving in earnest, Aucklanders will soon be heading out to our city’s many parks, ranges and islands to walk, swim and play. While enjoying these holiday activities, remember to keep our kauri trees in mind. Kauri are under...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
The Christmas spirit, bees, heritage roses, trams, the Rainbow community, toy and tool libraries all received a helping hand under Waitematā Local Board’s 2018/19 Quick Response Round Two Grants programme. Of the 30 applications, 21 received funding...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
A project launched during Conservation Week in September encouraging businesses in Ōrākei Ward to cut their plastic use is starting to see results. Ōrākei Local Board is supporting the project run by the SEA LIFE Trust, which signed up eight local...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
One of the best things about living in Auckland is getting out on the water, and Ōrākei Local Board is lending a hand to budding young sailors keen to get their sea legs as part of the TS Achilles Sea Cadets. The group recently received a $7500 grant...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
The Remuera West Scout Group is on its way to solar-powered lighting and heating thanks to funding from Ōrākei Local Board. Folding solar panels and recyclable, reusable and non-hazardous crystal batteries will now keep the scouts warm and well-lit in an...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Auckland Council is urging pool owners to get their safety checks in place to prevent drownings. An average of three preschoolers die in home pool drownings in New Zealand every year, and councils around the country are working to get this number to...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Are you an experienced and innovative artist, looking to try something new in 2019? Applications are now open for the 2019 Auckland Council Regional Parks Artist in Residence programme. Each year, a selection panel chooses an artist to work with, in,...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
A helicopter will be making the rounds on the north side of the Harbour Bridge in the new year surveying for kauri dieback disease. The aerial surveillance is to finish off the northern survey started earlier in 2018, and cover any spots that still need...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Take extra care when travelling in cars with dogs this summer On a day when it’s 20 degrees outside, the temperature in a car parked in the shade with the windows down can reach over 39 degrees within 10 minutes and can rise to a deadly 49 degrees in...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
The Waitākere Ranges Safety Campaign returns for the eleventh year in west Auckland this summer. From December to March, it promotes crime reporting, fire safety, water safety and civil defence awareness. Waitākere Ranges Local Board, the police and...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Thanks to a peep of industrious and generous chickens, some of Auckland’s more vulnerable families will have eggs for the traditional Christmas pavlova. Earlier this year, 200 chickens were settled on Aotea Great Barrier as part of an Auckland Council...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
A new entranceway to Salisbury Reserve on Herne Bay’s Argyle Street has been approved by Waitematā Local Board. A green space incorporating more trees, a new path into the reserve and lawn will reclaim the site following removal of the Masonic...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
For the last pest free story of the year, we meet another winner of the Mayoral Conservation Awards – the Kaipatiki Project nursery, recipient of the Collaboration Award. For the past 20 years, Kaipatiki Project has been growing in its leadership of the...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Some Ōtara residents made a big difference to help keep their community and waterways clean at the Velvet Crescent Neat Streets event on 8 December. Neat Streets is an initiative of the Ōtara Waterways and Lake Trust, funded by Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
There could be a run on footballs, guitars and plants after Papakura Local Board’s last small grants round. Drury United Football Club received $1160 for coaching courses, Papakura Music School $1990 for guitars that students can borrow, and the Karaka...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
Summer is here and, for many Aucklanders, that means a lot of living is done out on the water – enjoying the Hauraki Gulf and the harbours, islands, beaches, and bays around the Auckland region.  As we become increasingly aware of the impact of waste on...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
With the temporary suspension of the Packaging Forum’s Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme from 31 December 2018, Auckland Council is encouraging Aucklanders to make efforts to reduce their consumption of soft plastics. “Soft plastics recycling is not a...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
The results from community engagement, facilitated by Auckland Council’s Waste Solutions, show that Warkworth and Wellsford locals are keen to see services developed that make it easy for them to do the right thing with their waste. In October 2018, a...
Our Auckland | January 13, 2019
A vegetation fire on regional parkland at Karekare this week has highlighted just how dry parts of our region are right now and is a reminder to take extreme care with fire risk. Fire and Emergency New Zealand responded to a large scrub fire at remote...